The Industrial Revolution During The 19th Century Essay

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By the end of the nineteenth century, the Industrial Revolution had brought about tremendous change, such as the rapid urbanization of cities and development of social reforms. More importantly, it became the turning point in which the emergence of advanced machinery and modern industrial production made the U.S. one of the most economically powerful countries in the world. As the U.S. was exponentially expanding, the demand for labor workers — more specifically cheap labor — was increasing. A never-ending influx of new immigrants that came rushing into America satisfied the hunger of corporate leaders and business tycoons. However, none of these immigrants envisioned to experience the racism and inequality they did from the vast unrest that laid underneath America’s “gold-tinted, pretty surface”.The imbalance of power and wealth between the new labor workers and capitalists swept across the nation and led to a massive number of outbursts in the form of strikes, boycotts, and marches that were implemented by the labor workers. Many of these workers, from the 1860s and onwards, would find themselves unionizing against big businesses and corporations, and sought to address issues such as low wages, safety conditions at work, and the exorbitant number of working hours per week. With more than ⅓ of American labor workers unionized by the 1890s, it was not the labor workers’ fault for not successfully unionizing — which they did by the rise of the American Federation of Labor —…

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